The Miami Marlins and former Phillies outfielder Corey Dickerson have agreed on a two-year deal worth 17.5 million dollars, according to Jon Heyman of RADIO.COM. The deal is pending the results of a physical. He is the first player to receive a multi-year contract under the new ownership group in Miami led by Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman.
Dickerson, 30, was acquired by the Phillies on July 31 in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. For the relatively low cost of a player to be named later and international signing money, Dickerson was a productive hitter when healthy.
As a member of the Phillies, he slashed .293/.307/.579 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 137 plate appearances. With injuries piling up and key players struggling, Dickerson was given the opportunity to hit in the middle-of-the-order on a consistent basis in August and took advantage. He should have the same opportunity afforded to him while in Miami. He’s a lefty, veteran compliment for a young, righty heavy lineup in need of a corner outfielder.
There were always questions as to whether or not the Phillies would re-sign Dickerson given his production. The Phillies needed depth in the outfield last season with Andrew McCutchen out for the season and Jay Bruce dealing with nagging injuries. He filled a hole that no longer needs to be filled and with the limited budget the Phillies have chosen to work with, it seemed unlikely the team would take a second look at Dickerson in free agency.
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